The Cut : The Cut - Winter 2017
94 THE CUT COUNTER-BALANCEDFLATFACETRADITIONALPISTOLCHUNKIERWIDTH The compressed feel gives a softer sensation off the face. Some golfers prefer this as it feels more consistent across the face and can help with distance control, but it’s harder to tell exactly where you’ve made contact. There is a variety of insert options on the market, so do your homework on exactly what each one offers. SOFT INSERT WHAT KIND OF FEEL DO I LIKE? THE PRESENCE OF A FACE INSERT, MATERIAL OF THE HEAD AND GROOVE PATTERN WILL DICTATE THE FEEL AT IMPACT AND HOW THE BALL ROLLS. 24. 25. WOULD I BENEFIT FROM A FATTER GRIP OR COUNTERBALANCED WEIGHTING? PAUL WOOD, PING’S VP OF ENGINEERING, LIFTS THE LID ON HOW CHANGING THIS CAN AFFECT YOUR STROKE. What effect will the overall weight of the putter have on my stroke and performance? That’s a difficult question to answer because it will have a different effect on different golfers. Obviously, it will affect the overall feel and it may certainly feel like a heavier putter ‘slows down’ or ‘smooths out’ the stroke – but we don’t have evidence that this really happens. The main parameters of a player’s stroke, such as the tempo and arc, are fairly independent of the putter you use. Our testing has tended to show that a heavier putter aids short putting while a lighter putter aids lag putting. There is also data to support that players with a fast tempo are usually more consistent with a lighter putter and slower tempo players are more consistent with a heavier putter.” What are the pros and cons of using a counterbalanced putter? A counterbalanced putter tends to be more consistent for a player with a slower tempo or someone who is looking for help on short putts. We also see success with a player who is trying to avoid getting ‘handsy’. What are the advantages of using a fatter grip – and how does this change as you go from a little fatter to really fat? Assuming the weight is not changed, the main difference for a fatter grip is how it affects the way you grip the club. This can vary quite a bit from golfer to golfer, so it’s always worth trying out different options to see how it affects your grip. In general, golfers often find that the larger grips, and especially the very large grips, take the wrists out of play more than thinner grips.” How do I know if I’d be better off with a normal grip, counterbalanced or fatter? Try them all. Seriously. There’s nothing better than trying different options. Try to keep the rest of the putter as similar as possible when testing, and focus on different kinds of putts – long and short, breaking both ways and straight. It’s preferable to test it on real greens, too.
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